Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services, today announced an agreement to provide broadband satellite capacity for Gogo, a leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, that will enable it to offer customers in-flight Internet access for transoceanic air routes and other areas around the globe starting in early 2013.
Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 27. These satellites are designed to provide high-speed connectivity for airline passengers crossing portions of the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans, as well as routes over South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.
"We believe Intelsat brings to the table a long term commitment to providing Aero solutions for the aviation market, including the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG, which we expect will allow us to provide the reliable and seamless satellite coverage our current and prospective airline partners must have to meet passenger demand for high-speed Internet access on transoceanic and other international flights," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. "This agreement is expected to enable Gogo to provide a broad range of aircraft with a variety of technology solutions. Whether it's our exclusive air to ground and ATG-4 technologies, or advanced satellite technologies, we expect to offer a full range of connectivity solutions for any aircraft type or mission."
"We expect Gogo to benefit from Intelsat's global mobility network, which when complete in early 2013, will support worldwide aeronautical and maritime applications," said Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat's regional vice president of North America sales. "Gogo requires robust and scalable broadband connectivity over a large geographic expanse. Intelsat is perfectly positioned to fulfill this requirement with a global satellite solution that includes our IntelsatOne infrastructure and the launch of our new Intelsat EpicNG platform, which will provide further options for the continued evolution of Gogo's services."
Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 19 are currently in service. Intelsat 21 was launched on August 19, 2012 and will operate at 302* East. Intelsat 27 is planned for launch in early 2013 and will be positioned at 304* East.
Gogo is fast becoming everyone's favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using the Gogo exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 1,500 commercial aircraft including all domestic mainline Delta Air Lines and nearly all of Delta's regional jets; all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights; and select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.
Back on the ground, Gogo's more than 500 employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and London are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world's leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet Service Providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.
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